Most Common OCD Behaviors in Adults
While there are many types of OCD behaviors, some of the most common obsessive compulsive behaviors in adults are hoarding, checking and obsessive hand-washing.
Hand-washing behavior is triggered by an intense fear of germs and contamination. People who exhibit compulsive hand-washing behaviors don't just wash their hands a few times a day - they may actually spend a good portion of their day scrubbing and washing their hands in an attempt to get rid of imagined or perceived germs and disease.
Checking is another common OCD behavior in adults, which can result in the loss of tremendous amounts of time. People who exhibit checking behaviors may spend hours simply checking to make sure that the stove is turned off, even if they've previously just checked it. Another example of checking behavior is obsessively checking to make sure the front door is locked when leaving the house. This happens even when the person remembers locking the door a minute previously.
Hoarding is another common OCD behavior that also results in chaos and extreme disorganization, usually in the home. Hoarding involves accumulating things that don't have any real value, such as old newspapers, weekly circulars, used food storage containers and so forth. The hoarders feels completely unable to part with these items, and the idea of having to throw any of them away gives the person a feeling of dread and intense, uncontrollable anxiety.